Indian ODI player and Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina is expected to take part in the 22nd edition of the All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket tournament to be held at five venues from September 15. Players like Parthiv Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manan Vohra, Siddharth Kaul, Manpreet Gony, Aditya Tare, Nathu Singh and Parveen Kumar would take part in the tournament, being organised under the aegis of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and recognised by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).
Vivek Atray, convener of the tournament and former IAS officer, said: “Indian ODI player and Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina will also play in the 22nd edition of the tournament and we are delighted to host such players in the championship. So far, 84 Team India players have played in the tournament in the past and we are sure that more such players will take part. In the past too, players like Sourav Ganguly, M S Dhoni, Virender Sehwag have played in Chandigarh. This year also, the tournament will provide fans an opportunity to see their favourite stars in action.”
The tournament will be played on league-cum-knock-out basis and 16 teams will take part in it. The teams will be divided into four pools and the top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The tournament will be held at five venues, including IS Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali; Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh; and Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula. The final will be played under floodlights at IS Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali, on September 25.
Atray said: “The final will be played under floodlights and will start at 1.30pm on September 25. SG Test balls will be used for the day-night final at PCA Stadium, while red balls will be used for the day matches. A total of 31 matches will be played in the tournament across five venues. The winning team will get a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh along with a trophy, while the runner-up will get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.”
Teams such as Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association, UPCA, DDCA, HPCA, PCA Colts, ONGC, Delhi, Air India Delhi and Assam Cricket Association will take part in the tournament, which is seen as a launching pad for youngsters ahead of the domestic season.
Sushil Kapoor, organising secretary of the tournament, said: “All the matches of the tournament will be of 50 overs each innings and it will be played under the BCCI rules. The scoring and scorers too will be under the BCCI rules.”